Stila’s The Natural face palette is similar to their Not So Nude palette from last year. It’s another $20 Ulta Exclusive, featuring neutral brownish shades and a bronzer instead of a lip and cheek cream product.
The Natural gives you a nice mix of matte and shimmer finishes (no glitter). All the colors are very pigmented, with that tendency to be just a little bit soft and sometimes kick up some powder (easily dealt with by using your brush gently). As is pretty typical with Stila powder products, they go on creamy, blend well and wear well. This palette gives you a nice range of eyeshadows in the beige to plum line, and is overall kind of on the cool side.
The highlighter is so pigmented that I find you have to be really careful applying it unless you want a stripe of shimmer. That’s not a negative – Mary-Lou Manizer is the same way. If it gets out of hand, you can always dust over it with powder or brush over it with a foundation brush or buffing brush.
The bronzer is a little less pigmented, which is actually a good thing in a bronzer.
The closest I can come to a negative about this palette – and I only mention this because the included Get The Look says to do it – is that I’m not too impressed with using these wet as eyeliner. They actually work very well dry as liner or anything else, but wetting them doesn’t do anything special. I have swatches wet and dry down below. I’m not holding this against the palette, however!
Pure is a matte beige. Linen is a cool medium brown matte. Innocent is a plummy deep brown satin finish. The dry swatches are on the left and the wet are on the right. Do you see much difference? If anything, wet makes Innocent catch more light, which wasn’t necessarily what I wanted in a liner. Again, I don’t consider this a problem because they’re plenty intense dry.
Element is a medium bronze metallic – almost an antique gold. Applying it wet brings out more of the golden shimmer. Demure is a medium mauve with silver shimmer – applying it wet brings out the silver and makes it lighter. Silk is a deep plummy brown metallic and it’s slightly more reflective wet. This is the specific shade they said to use wet as a liner, but it worked better dry in my opinion!
Organza is a light pinky champagne color with a lot of silvery shimmer. It’s a little cooler than Kitten (see the above-linked Not So Nude palette for that swatch), which is more peachy/warm. See how the right hand swatch, which was supposed to be really diffused, kinda got outta hand? That’s how pigmented this one is, so be very careful with your brush. You could use a fan brush to apply it really lightly, or you could use a stiffer brush with the least possible product on it – the stiff bristles will spread it further, diffusing it.
Soft Clay is a warm brown bronzer with some gold shimmer. This is the kind of shimmer that’s more a sheen than looking like bits of glitter on your face – see the right hand swatch, which is a little heavy. It’s not the kind of matte bronzer that looks absolutely natural, but neither is it the glittery type that people notice and ask you about!
That’s Demure, Element Silk on the lids with a little of Linen blended in the crease, Soft Clay as a very light bronzer and a blush, and Organza on my cheekbones and nose. I did actually apply Organza with a feather brush (just a $3 Studio brush from Elf) and that makes is much more manageable.
Demure, Element and Silk, with Silk also used wet as a lower lash liner.